Does Student Leadership Participation Enhance Thedevelopment of Emotional Intelligence

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DOES STUDENT LEADERSHIP PARTICIPATION ENHANCE THE

DEVELOPMENT OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

A Thesis Proposal

presented to

the Faculty of the

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

In Partial Fulfillment

of the Requirements for the Degree

Master of Science in Agriculture with a Specialization in

Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management

by

Michelle Curro

June 2009

© 2008
Michelle Breanne Curro
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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AUTHOR:

DATE SUBMITTED:

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Does Student Leadership Participation Enhance the
Development of Emotional Intelligence

Michelle Breanne Curro

June 2009

COMMITTEE CHAIR:

COMMITTEE MEMBER:

COMMITTEE MEMBER:

Jeffrey A. Jacobs, Ph.D., Recreation, Parks, & Tourism
Administration

Jerusha Greenwood, Ph.D., Recreation, Parks, & Tourism
Administration

Daren Connor, Assistant Director, Associated Students,
Inc.

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ABSTRACT

Does Student Leadership Participation Enhance the Development of

Emotional Intelligence

Michelle Breanne Curro

Emotional Intelligence is believed to explain how emotions may be used,

monitored, and measured to predict workplace success and failure, the suggestion that if

individuals can balance the emotions within themselves and others, they can use their

skills to better their organization. This study explored the development of Emotional

Intelligence in the ASI Student Manager Team in comparison to Student Government

members at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) during

the fall 2008 quarter. The Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) was used to

assess student leaders’ Emotional Intelligence (EI) development (N = 27). A two sample

t-test was used to identify any significant difference in the Emotional Intelligence scores

between the two groups. Findings indicated significant training effects on respondent’s

scores when considering assertiveness, happiness, and empathy.

Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Students, Student Employment, Student Managers

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Table of Contents

List of Tables .................................................................................................................... vii List of Figures .................................................................................................................. viii Chapter 1 Introduction ........................................................................................................ 1 Introduction..................................................................................................................... 1 Background ..................................................................................................................... 1 Need for the Study .......................................................................................................... 4 Purpose Statement........................................................................................................... 5 Research Questions......................................................................................................... 5 Delimitations................................................................................................................... 5 Definition of Terms......................................................................................................... 5 Summary......................................................................................................................... 6 Chapter 2 Review of Literature........................................................................................... 7 Introduction..................................................................................................................... 7 History of Emotional Intelligence................................................................................... 7 Models of Emotional...
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